My family and I just watched Raya and the Last Dragon. When the credits rolled, I was trying to hide the fact the finale made me tear up. My kids, on the other hand, were bouncing off the walls and trying to imitate Raya's amazing fighting. The movie was a martial arts extravaganza! In the climactic fight scene, Raya and her arch rival Namaari engage in an epic sword battle. How did it end? You'll have to watch the movie to find out! Keep this in mind though, it's a tear jerker!
Everybody loves watching a good sword fight! Maybe watching isn't good enough though? Maybe you want to feel the thrill of battle for yourself. Well, it's your lucky day! The Telescope is totally not sponsored by E-BOGU Shinai Samuri practice swords! Click the ad on the left to check them out. They are wooden, so your limbs and pets are safe. Remember, anything you buy during your trip to Amazon will give the Telescope Show a small commission. Maybe you'll buy the swords, and maybe you'll buy some new swimming goggles or high-end organic deodorant. As a member of the Affiliate Program, Amazon rewards us for driving traffic their way. This helps us to help others discover God through Geek Culture.
But really. Swords are amazing! Here's a little nugget of sword history from Britannica.com, "The sword became differentiated from the dagger during the Bronze Age (c. 3000 BCE)" The sword has a long and glorious history!
The New Testament describes something called the Sword of the Spirit. This definitely sounds like a blade given to a Disney hero on the eve of some great quest. The Sword of the Spirit is a term that Paul the Apostle uses in the book of Ephesians to describe the Bible. Specifically, the Bible is like a sword when it is used in prayer. Praying from the heart is nice and genuine, but prayer buttressed by scripture exudes authority. Faith that is passive is ok. Faith energized, motivated and directed by scripture moves mountains!